Compiling a résumé may seem like a difficult task at first because so much information must go into it. However, at the most important part is organizing information that you will need in advance so you don’t spend a lot of time shuffling around and looking for this information when it comes time to actually compile the document.  Think of it as you need to take notes or write an outline before completing a paper.  A résumé requires a level of organization and preplanning in order to be successful.

At the very minimum your résumé must contain the following:

  1. your name this is perhaps a bit obvious but in order for your employer to identify you the document he put in front of them, they’re going to need your name. choose a name that you would like to be called by in the office but certainly, don’t choose a name like chubby or Gabbo.
  2. your address he should include your address on your résumé so that if they have to mail any correspondence you have it on the document.  Also if you live close to work it can become a good conversation piece if someone knows someone from your locale.
  3. your contact information there are several ways to be contacted nowadays but is generally acceptable to put one phone number that you answer all the time even if it is a cell phone number and also an e-mail address is acceptable. for certain tech jobs or jobs that require a portfolio including your website address is also an accepted practice.
  4. your objective your objective is going to be basically a summary of what it is that you can offer to an employer.  You want to summarize all of your work experience all of your skills and put it into a few simple sentences that you can be remembered by.
  5. prior employment information employers want to know that you are a reputable person and that you haven’t had gaps in your employment but they also want to know that your skill set applies to the skill sets that they require for the position.  The best indicator of this is prior and past experience from a similar company in a similar role or a competitor.  It’s important to list the dates of your employment in a form that illustrates best your periods of unemployment.
  6. your education plays a major role in many jobs and not on as many as others. although if you receive the GED from your high school and you are ashamed to put it on your résumé is much better to include it and it is to exclude it.  Remember to be proud of your accomplishments even though they may seem small to you what a person you’re interviewing with. always defend with pride what you have done.
  7. you can include several other types of information including professional licenses, endorsements, affiliations with professional organizations, any publications you have contributed to, languages you speak both fluently and functionally, military experience or professional training that you may have had.

These are the items that you should include while writing a résumé.  Consider that items such as salary requirements your availability, your reason for leaving your prior employer, your age, race, sex, or ethnicity should never be included.  These items if they are concerned to a hiring manager will be addressed verbally in the interview.